Huobi Pro to Leave Japan

Currently 13.3 percent of the visitors on Huobi Pro come from Japan
27 June 2018   251

The Huobi Pro cryptocurrency exchange will suspend the service of Japanese investors in next month. This is written by Coindesk.

According to his information, the corresponding announcement was made in an e-mail, which was received by investors from Japan on Wednesday. It says that they will not be able to use the services of the exchange to exchange cryptocurrency since July 2.

In response to a request from CoinDesk, the Huobi Pro exchange confirmed this information, but did not specify how the procedure for the withdrawal of assets of Japanese traders would be organized.

Huobi Pro's decision to leave Japan is due to the fact that the company is not registered with the Financial Services Agency, which since the beginning of the year has significantly strengthened control over local sites for the exchange of cryptocurrencies. Whether the company received any notifications from the regulator is not known.

Earlier this year, Huobi Pro announced that it had entered into an agreement with SBI Virtual Currency, a licensed exchange unit of the Japanese financial conglomerate SBI Holdings. It was planned that both companies would open a joint exchange in Japan, but in March SBI Virtual Currency announced a break in relations.

According to the Alexa portal, about 13% of visitors to Huobi Pro live in Japan.

Huobi's New Voting Rules to Rise Criticism

The company introduced the idea of "Standing Nodes," for which the HADAX platform will invite 14 large, traditional venture capital firms to join
02 July 2018   234

New tokens voting rules changes on the HADAX platform of Huobi's cryptocurrency exchange caused a negative reaction from the community. This is reported by CoinDesk.

On Friday, Huobi published an announcement in which it said that from now on it will rely on 2 groups of funds when making decisions on listing tokens. A group of "standing nodes" will be created on the platform, 14 large traditional venture companies such as ZhenFund, FBG, Unity Ventures and Draper Dragon will be invited to participate. A group of "standing nodes" will also be formed, consisting of 31 crypto-currency venture companies, for example Node Capital, Dfund and BlockVC, chosen by voting.

Huobi launched the HADAX platform in February this year and invited users to participate in the process of selecting assets for trading using HT tokens. Later, the company introduced a mechanism that allowed well-known venture firms to obtain supernode status and help HADAX select projects before they are allowed to a public vote.

All projects for the public voting list must be supported by a Standing Node and projects that were not supported by any standing nodes will be removed from the list and votes will be refunded.

Updated HADAX Rules

Thus, now regular nodes have more weight in the HADAX ecosystem and can decide which tokens to allow before voting.

The decision was immediately criticized by various crypto-currency funds that accused Huobi of "discrimination and authoritarianism".

The founder of Node Capital and Huobi co-founder Du Do Jun said that he would no longer participate in the process of selecting tokens. He was joined by representatives of other funds, who also said that they do not intend to put up with the new Huobi policy and plan to withdraw their applications for the role of supernode.

I apologize for not having effectively communicated with supernodes before publishing our new decision. ... We understand that some selected nodes feel disrespected or their branding is hurt, which led to their respective responses. We build collaborations based on a win-win purpose. Partnership or not is always a free market choice. Huobi always opens its gate for partners. But HADAX must be completely revamped and we will have another major upgrade in July. In regardless of what model it will take, we think being responsible for users is of utmost importance.

Li Lin

CEO, Huobi Group

In response, co-founder and CEO of Huobi Group, Li Lin, wrote that the new process is designed to improve the quality of tokens on the platform, although he admitted that discussion of the solution should have more attention.